BotCon 2013 to feature its largest Artist Alley ever!

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Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 1:27PM CDT

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BotCon 2013 to feature its largest Artist Alley ever!
San Diego, California June 27th - June 30th!

San Diego, CA - May 1st, 2013 - Fun Publications, Inc., licensee for Hasbro’s official Transformers Collectors’ Convention, BotCon, is excited to announce that this years award-winning convention is set to feature its largest Artist Alley ever! With so many amazing artists appearing at BotCon, being held at the Town and Country Resort from June 27th thru June 30th in the beautiful city of San Diego, fans from around the world will get to meet and buy art from some of the best professional artists working on Transformers today!

Pop Culture enthusiasts and Transformers fans of all ages can still register for BotCon 2013 through the BotCon.com online registration system. Fans and Collectors’ who register for BotCon as a Primus package holder will receive the five-figure MACHINE WARS convention set, admission to the Friday private sales room experience, priority seating at all panels and seminars throughout the weekend and admittance to the Hall of Fame Celebration party. Finally, Primus package attendees will also receive a special bonus Transformers Deluxe figure to go along with their convention box set. General Admission for non-registered guests will be available on Saturday and Sunday only.

For more information on BotCon and all activities and the exclusive figure offerings, as well as daily updates on all the artists attending, please visit BotCon.com. Press inquiries; please contact Pete Sinclair pete@funpubinc.com.

About Fun Publications, Inc.

For nearly 20 years, Fun Publications, Inc. has been a Hasbro licensee offering fans and collectors of pop culture memorabilia news, exclusive product and family events through different print offerings, websites, collector clubs and brand specific conventions such as GIJoeCon and BotCon. Located in Fort Worth Texas, Fun Publications reaches a large audience, serving the United States and many other countries such as Japan, Great Britain, Brazil, Australia and Canada. For more information visit TransformersClub.com, GIJoeClub.com, GIJoeCon.com, and BotCon.com. BotCon is a registered trademark of Fun Publications, Inc. (C) 2013 Fun Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.

About Hasbro

Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company providing children and families around the world with a wide-range of immersive entertainment offerings based on the Company's world class brand portfolio. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with innovative, well-known and beloved brands such as TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY. The Company’s Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for markets around the world. The Hub TV Network is part of a multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), in the U.S. Through the Company's deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. It has been recognized for its efforts by being named one of the "World’s Most Ethical Companies" and is ranked as one of Corporate Responsibility

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Re: BotCon 2013 to feature its largest Artist Alley ever! (1483660)
Posted by Fires_Of_Inferno on May 1st, 2013 @ 1:50pm CDT
I'm waiting for them to spring up something else that everyone loves that they're going to ban when it's too late to cancel tickets and hotel rooms.
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Posted by Dr Va'al on May 2nd, 2013 @ 3:55pm CDT
The BotCon site has been updated, revealing the first two names for the Artist Alley: Livio Ramondelli and Casey Coller! Check out their bio notes below.


[quote]Today we kick off our Artist Alley announcements, with the first being that BotCon 2013 will in fact feature its largest Artist Alley ever! With so many amazing artists scheduled to attend BotCon 2013, this is one show you will not want to miss! And with that, we are thrilled to announce two of the artists attending BotCon In San Diego this June: Livio Ramondelli and Casey Coller![/quote]



[quote]LIVIO RAMONDELLI is the artist of various Transformers projects for IDW Publishing. His credits include Autocracy, Monstrosity, Chaos, Robots in Disguise and various covers for Spotlights and other series. He will also be doing upcoming Star Wars covers for Dark Horse Comics. He previously worked as a concept artist for DC Universe Online at WildStorm Productions.[/quote]



[quote]CASEY COLLER is a professional illustrator best known for his work on various Transformers comic books from IDW Publishing. He's done covers and/or interior art for various titles, including: Transformers: Ironhide, All Hail Megatron, Robots in Disguise, Spotlights Drift, Blurr and Cliffjumper, More Than Meets The Eye, Transformers Ongoing, and Heart of Darkness. He has also done artwork for Hasbro, the Transformers Collector's Club Magazine and BotCon. Casey lives in Western Massachusetts with his wife Grace, daughter Rose, as well as a cat, two guinea pigs and four chickens.[/quote]
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Posted by El Duque on May 4th, 2013 @ 12:16am CDT



BotCon has announced that Matt Frank and Thomas Deer will be featured in this year's Artist Alley.


[quote]MATT FRANK has worked on numerous Transformers titles, such as the Beast Wars Sourcebook, Transformers Animated: The Rise of Safeguard, and the Transformers Collectors' Club story A Flash Forward. He kicked off 2013 with the crossover one-shot, Mars Attacks: The Transformers!, not to mention Transformers Spotlight: Trailcutter, both of which he fully illustrated. Aside from Transformers, Matt has also contributed heavily to IDW's various Godzilla titles. He is currently the interior artist for Godzilla: Rulers of Earth and the 2013 Transformers Collectors' Club story Beast Wars: Shattered Glass![/quote]


[quote]TEYOWISONTE THOMAS DEER is from the Mohawk Nation Territory at Kahnawake, outside of Montreal, Canada. After undergoing training as a comic book colorist at Dreamwave Productions in Toronto, Canada in 2004, Thomas has since went on to freelance as a professional comic book colorist and illustrator for companies such as Fun Publications, Mega Bloks, and IDW Publishing - primarily working on Hasbro's Transformers and G.I. Joe titles. See his work at: http://www.teyowisonte.deviantart.com[/quote]

Re: BotCon 2013 to feature its largest Artist Alley ever! (1484355)
Posted by g1grimlock on May 4th, 2013 @ 2:20am CDT
This is great and all but I wish we would get more news on the toys!! I'm going mad :HEADHURTS: not knowing what other exclusives there are, to be honest I'm starting to think the Termination set is the only thing we're getting this year.
Re: BotCon 2013 to feature its largest Artist Alley ever! (1484698)
Posted by Sabrblade on May 5th, 2013 @ 5:05pm CDT
g1grimlock wrote:This is great and all but I wish we would get more news on the toys!! I'm going mad :HEADHURTS: not knowing what other exclusives there are, to be honest I'm starting to think the Termination set is the only thing we're getting this year.
Past years have kept tight lips on what the souvenir sets were prior to the Con. Why should this year be any different?

Only reason any souvenirs got leaked to the public in previous recent years is due to some factory samples having been stolen and sold on auction sites. Or due to some guy on the inside who knew wht they were dropping rumors about them. This year, however, there's been delays at the factories, so any leaks can't exactly happen this time.
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Posted by LOST Cybertronian on May 6th, 2013 @ 7:58pm CDT
Two more artist have been added to artist alley for BotCon 2013, Josh Burcham and Robby Musso.



[quote]JOSH BURCHAM is a comic book colorist/illustrator with over 100 issues to his credit, including: Dreamwave's War Within: Age of Wrath, Transformers Stormbringer, Beast Wars, All Hail Megatron, Last Stand of the Wreckers, Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye ongoing series, and this year's Botcon exclusive Machine Wars comic![/quote]



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ROBBY MUSSO has worked on various IDW Transformers titles, including the Spotlight titles "Ultra Magnus", "Ramjet", and "Cliffjumper". For Fun Publications, Robby has provided art for a good number of the MTMTE profile pieces as well as handling art duties on the 2010 BotCon comic "Transformers Timelines Issue 5: Generation 2 Redux" and the Club comic story "Transformers: Revelations". Robby will be on hand all weekend doing sketches and selling prints.
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Re: BotCon 2013 to feature its largest Artist Alley ever! (1485128)
Posted by Dr Va'al on May 7th, 2013 @ 4:54am CDT
*sigh*

One day, I'll make my best effort to fly, paddle or swim over, and sleep in the location's plant pots. So I can afford all the nice stuff I can commission to all the lovely artists.


:(
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Posted by ScottyP on May 8th, 2013 @ 10:36am CDT
The artist stuff is cool, but I really want to know what panel-type guests they'll have. I mean, I guess skipping panels isn't the end of the world, but I do find a lot of them entertaining.
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Posted by gothsaurus on May 8th, 2013 @ 11:00am CDT
So in trying to quell the "clammering-for-toys" mob — and trying to give the convention guests some of the props and attention due — these guys are some of my absolute favorites for the currently running comics. As I looked through the list... bravo. Great lineup. :APPLAUSE:

I also have to give a shout out to Ramondelli. I've really enjoyed the stylized, painterly art through Autocracy/Monstrosity. I'm glad IDW has "loosened the reigns" a bit to allow for a series or two with a really dark, artistic slant. 8)

As a rule, (unless things are going dark and stylized like those above) I like the robot designs to stick with familiar G1 blocky styles — like MTMTE does for the most part. (Less of a fan of the movie-esque RID designs.) I especially don't like the portrayal of the frenzied assassin Arcee. After growing up with the original movie, it's hard to stomach the 180 switch characters that sometimes show up in the comics.

>:oP
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Posted by El Duque on May 9th, 2013 @ 12:18pm CDT



BotCon has announced four additional artist appearing at this year's Artist Alley: Ken Christiansen, John-Paul Bove, Dan Khanna, and Cally Karishokka.


[quote]KEN CHRISTIANSEN has been working as an illustrator and concept designer for over fifteen years. Starting as a video game concept artist, at Nintendo of America (Ridge Racer 64, Pokemon Puzzle League), then moving to Los Angeles to work in games for the Walt Disney Company (Kingdom Hearts, Finding Nemo). In 2004, Ken started his own company, Bad Flip Productions, working for video game clients like Disney, Warner Bros., Universal, and Activision. After working with Activision on Transformers the Game, and the Revenge of the Fallen game, he began working freelance in media development for Hasbro Inc. (Transformers), doing concept art for their film, tv, book, games, and toy initiatives. That expanded into media development beyond the Transformers brand, including Star Wars, Spider-Man, and more.

Ken’s current work includes the cover runs on the Transformers Prime series (IDW), Star Wars Fighter Pods, and Ultimate Spider-Man Spider Pods. Along with other random bits and pieces, hanging off pegs in the toy aisles, book shelves, and video game departments.[/quote]

[quote]JOHN-PAUL BOVE is a colorist and writer based in the UK. He has worked on a number of titles including Godzilla, Doctor Who, G.I. Joe and Judge Dredd. He is perhaps best known to Transformers fans for his work coloring Transformers Regeneration One for IDW, working closely with Transformers legends Simon Furman and Andrew Wildman. In addition to coloring Transformers, he has also recently been writing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He'll be at this year's BotCon Artist Alley signing, coloring sketches and generally making a nuisance of himself.[/quote]

[quote]DAN KHANNA has been working as a professional Transformers illustrator for over a decade. He has done concept design, full packaging illustrations as well as color work on many Transformers brand box art illustrations across sever al toy lines for Hasbro Inc. He's worked for various TF licensees over the years including Dreamwave, IDW, Hard Hero, Titan Books/EagleMoss publications and for the Transformers Collectors Club/Botcon Conventions. His current projects includes being one of the pencillers on for the new Transformers Legends smart phone game, and work on TF Prime comic strips for an overseas publication.[/quote]
 [quote]CALLY KARISHOKKA is a plushiemaker and crafter behind Cally's Critters Plush Designs. Cally lives in New York City, finds NYC subways to be an adventure of mystery, and manages to become obsessed with snack foods never available in the USA. Rescues puggleformers from their home planets to adopt out in to new homes. Has no known weaknesses.[/quote]

Re: BotCon 2013 to feature its largest Artist Alley ever! (1486554)
Posted by NicholasPrime on May 11th, 2013 @ 7:32pm CDT
From the BotCon Press Release:
Seibertron wrote:
Pop Culture enthusiasts and Transformers fans of all ages can still register for BotCon 2013 through the BotCon.com online registration system. Fans and Collectors’ who register for BotCon as a Primus package holder will receive the five-figure MACHINE WARS convention set, admission to the Friday private sales room experience, priority seating at all panels and seminars throughout the weekend and admittance to the Hall of Fame Celebration party. Finally, Primus package attendees will also receive a special bonus Transformers Deluxe figure to go along with their convention box set. General Admission for non-registered guests will be available on Saturday and Sunday only.
(emphasis mine)
So, I'm confused. Are they doing the Hall of Fame this year or not? Because when they first put up a brochure, there was no mention of it. Followed by this gem from the BC FAQ dated 2/27: "Question: Are you going to have the Transformers Hall of Fame this year?
Answer: Unknown at this time. If Hasbro does have it, they may do it differently."
I guess if they are doing it, there's no fan choice character? Because there hasn't been a poll. Seems like the annual poll has been replaced by the Build-A-Bot Poll.
Has there been an official statement one way or the other on what's going on here? The Hall of Fame has quickly become one of my favorite parts of the entire weekend, and it'll be a shame if they drop it from the program.
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Posted by Sabrblade on May 11th, 2013 @ 8:37pm CDT
NicholasPrime wrote:So, I'm confused. Are they doing the Hall of Fame this year or not? Because when they first put up a brochure, there was no mention of it. Followed by this gem from the BC FAQ dated 2/27: "Question: Are you going to have the Transformers Hall of Fame this year?
Answer: Unknown at this time. If Hasbro does have it, they may do it differently."
I guess if they are doing it, there's no fan choice character? Because there hasn't been a poll. Seems like the annual poll has been replaced by the Build-A-Bot Poll.
Has there been an official statement one way or the other on what's going on here? The Hall of Fame has quickly become one of my favorite parts of the entire weekend, and it'll be a shame if they drop it from the program.
Initially, when the brochure went up, it did mention the Hall of Fame. However, after the Club was asked about it, they gave the above response and also admitted that the brochure mentioning it was accidentally left in from copying/pasting passages from previous years' brochures into this year's brochure. They promptly removed any mention of the Hall of Fame from this year's brochure afterward.

So... yeah, it's not known if there will or won't be a Hall of Fame event this year. If not, we got the Erector and Swindle fiascos as likely suspects for why they wouldn't doing it this year.
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Posted by NicholasPrime on May 11th, 2013 @ 10:37pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
So... yeah, it's not known if there will or won't be a Hall of Fame event this year. If not, we got the Erector and Swindle fiascos as likely suspects for why they wouldn't doing it this year.


This is why we can't have nice things. ;)
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Posted by Sabrblade on May 11th, 2013 @ 10:43pm CDT
NicholasPrime wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
So... yeah, it's not known if there will or won't be a Hall of Fame event this year. If not, we got the Erector and Swindle fiascos as likely suspects for why they wouldn't doing it this year.


This is why we can't have nice things. ;)
Well, it's the fandom's own fault for both the Erector and Swindle cases. One year was a dirty joke, they next year was irate snide.
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Posted by NicholasPrime on May 11th, 2013 @ 10:44pm CDT
Also: WOW, I missed all that Swindle stuff last year. I had to go look that up. Some funny bits, but yeah, I totally see why they don't want a fan's choice anymore. A shame, really.
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Posted by helli0n on May 17th, 2013 @ 11:13am CDT
IDW just announced a little something special for the bronies of Botcon - EXCLUSIVE: Prime & Pinkie Pie Team-Up for "My Little Pony" Botcon Variant

o_O
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Posted by gothsaurus on May 17th, 2013 @ 11:29am CDT
It's too bad. I like the fans having a voice... plus it keeps the whole thing from getting TOO serious. I thought the Erector joke was hilarious in the way Hasbro ran with it. I would have loved to see more funny stuff like that each year.
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Posted by El Duque on May 24th, 2013 @ 11:47am CDT
[quote]We are thrilled to announce that Marcelo Matere will be part of the BotCon 2013 Artists' Alley in San Diego this June. Marcelo has had a huge impact of the Transformers brand, from working on various projects for Hasbro, IDW and Fun Publications. Be sure to see him when you are at BotCon this year!

With the addition of Marcelo, the BotCon Artists' Alley will now feature OVER TWENTY amazing Transformers artists from all over the world! Visit www.botcon.com for all the details. This is one show you don't want to miss!





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Posted by noctorro on May 26th, 2013 @ 3:24am CDT
Does this mean we'll get a generations Arcee?

As Botcon exclusive?

Yipee!!! -_-
Re: BotCon 2013 to feature its largest Artist Alley ever! (1490363)
Posted by Sabrblade on May 26th, 2013 @ 1:25pm CDT
noctorro wrote:Does this mean we'll get a generations Arcee?

As Botcon exclusive?

Yipee!!! -_-
Where'd that come from? :???:

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